Frugal Living 

Can you do Thanksgiving dinner for less than $20?

Is it possible to put together a recognizable Thanksgiving Dinner for $20?It’s now a week until Thanksgiving, and since thawing a turkey takes a few hours shy of forever, you’d better start your meal planning now. That is, if you don’t want to end up doing the walk of shame to whatever sad buffet restaurant your ill planning consigns you to. (Full disclosure: I’ve eaten out for Thanksgiving exactly once and I am still kind of traumatized, but maybe it’s actually great and I just don’t know.)

My wife and I like to cook, and we usually do it up for Thanksgiving. But I’m still amazed at the lengths people go to, and what they’re willing to spend, to put an impressive Thanksgiving dinner together. For all the Martha Stewart or Alton Brown wannabees out there, that free-range “heritage” bird can cost you more than a $100, not to mention all the black truffle mashed potatoes, organic kale and all the other delicious stuff you can make to go along with it if you feel like spending the money.

But what if instead of having a foodie Thanksgiving, you had a frugal one?
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 Personal Finance 

Comments of the week, food costs edition

Readers were split on whether SNAP would cover their food costsLast week asked readers if we should continue this feature and got a positive response, so we decided we’d delve into the comments again.

This week we tackled a couple of controversial topics: SNAP, better known as food stamps, which was substantially cut starting Friday, and the rollout of the Obamacare exchanges, which has gotten off to a very rough start. Here were some of the best comments we got on those and other topics that offered a unique or helpful take.
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